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Treasury Department Urges SEC to Act on Life Company Products

by Carlton Fields on

The U.S. Department of the Treasury published an October 2017 report, "A Financial System That Creates Economic Opportunities — Asset Management and Insurance" in response to President Trump’s Executive Order 13772 on "Core...more

Financial Services Quarterly Report - Fourth Quarter 2017: Trump Administration Unveils its Position on Financial Regulation...

by Dechert LLP on

During the Trump Administration’s first year in office, it has implemented major new policy approaches and engaged in significant reversals of Obama Administration policies in many areas. In contrast, the Administration to...more

Capital Markets & Public Companies Quarterly: 2018 Proxy Season Pointers, Disclosing the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act,” Shareholder...

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The end of a year and beginning of the next generally starts the countdown to the public company proxy season. But before moving into 2018, registrants would be well served by first looking back to the guidance that came out...more

The Dodd-Frank Reform Endgame

by K&L Gates LLP on

Early 2018 will likely see the most significant progress on reforming the Dodd-Frank Act (“DFA”) since its passage in 2010 thanks to four key efforts: the Financial CHOICE Act and activity in the House Financial Services...more

Belgium Launches Consultation Process on EU Prospectus Regulation

by Jones Day on

The Situation: EU Member States must make key choices under the new EU Prospectus Regulation, which provides a new regime of prospectus requirements when securities are offered to the public or admitted to trading on a...more

How are REITs impacted by the Jobs Act?

by Hogan Lovells on

On December 15, 2017, the Conference Committee of the U.S. Congress approved the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “Jobs Act”). The Jobs Act is expected to be approved by both Houses of Congress and signed by President Trump. The...more

The Effect of Tax Reform on Michigan Charter Schools

by Miller Canfield on

Many recent press reports have warned of the negative affect tax reform could have on charter schools around the country. These reports focus on the proposed elimination of private activity bonds (“PABs”) under the House tax...more

New Staff Guidance on Shareholder Proposals

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On November 1, 2017, the Staff of the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance released Staff Legal Bulletin No. 14I (“SLB 14I”), which provides new guidance on how the Staff will evaluate arguments for omission of a shareholder...more

Department of Labor Extends Transition Period for Exemptions Under the Fiduciary Rule

On November 27, 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) extended the transition period for its conflict of interest regulation (commonly referred to as the "fiduciary rule") until July 1, 2019....more

Treasury’s Third Report on Financial System Regulation Focuses on the Asset Management and Insurance Industries

by Dechert LLP on

The U.S. Department of the Treasury (Treasury) recently released a report examining the regulatory framework for the asset management and insurance industries (Report). The Report is the third in a series of four reports that...more

DOL kicks fiduciary rule enforcement until 2019

by Ary Rosenbaum on

As expected, the Department of Labor (DOL) has delayed enforcement of the main provisions of the new fiduciary rule. Provisions covering exemptions for best-interest contracts and principal transactions will now go into...more

Trump Administration Issues Guidance on Asset Management and Insurance Regulation

On Oct. 26, 2017, the U.S. Treasury Department (Treasury) released the latest installment in a series of reports on financial regulation required by the president’s Feb. 3 executive order on the financial system....more

Red Notice Newsletter - November 2017

ANTICORRUPTION DEVELOPMENTS – SBM Offshore N.V. Agrees to Pay $238 Million to Resolve DOJ FCPA Enforcement Action - On November 29, 2017, SBM Offshore N.V. (SBM), a Netherlands based company specializing in the...more

The Numbers Don’t Lie: The SEC Pursues a More Streamlined Enforcement Agenda

One of the most eye-catching items in the recently released 2017 Annual Report of the Enforcement Division of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC or the Commission) is the significant decline in enforcement activity...more

Department of Labor Finalizes 18-Month Delay of Fiduciary Rule Exemptions

On November 27, 2017, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) finalized the delay of the applicability date for certain conditions for exemptions to the fiduciary rule until July 1, 2019. This delay was initially proposed in late...more

It Won’t Matter Until It Becomes Law

by Ary Rosenbaum on

I spoke to a fellow ERISA attorney who was talking about the proposed changes going back and forth regarding tax reform. I told him I just didn’t have time to follow and I’m not a big fan of proposals, I just cared about what...more

Proposed Tax Reform Bills of Senate and House Now Aligned on Key Compensation and Benefits-Related Tax Provisions

This WSGR Alert provides a high-level comparison of the latest tax reform proposals from the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate as they relate to compensation and benefits matters....more

Investment Services Regulatory Update - November 2017

by Vedder Price on

New Rules, Proposed Rules, Guidance and Alerts - SEC STAFF GUIDANCE AND ALERTS - SEC Staff Issues No-Action Letters to Facilitate Cross-Border Compliance with the Research “Unbundling” Provisions of the European...more

The Delta Report: Brexit update

by White & Case LLP on

In the July 2017 edition of the Delta Report, we provided a snapshot update on Brexit and set out some of the key issues that were beginning to emerge as relating to the regulatory framework for the derivatives market once...more

ISS Issues 2018 Voting Policies Update

by King & Spalding on

On November 16, 2017, Institutional Shareholder Services (“ISS”) issued its updated proxy voting guidelines for the upcoming 2018 proxy season. Notable updates applicable to U.S. companies include new or revised policies:...more

Summary of ISS 2018 Americas Proxy Voting Guidelines Specific to US Public Companies

by Morgan Lewis on

The updated ISS guidelines are effective for meetings on or after February 1, 2018. On November 16, 2017, Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) published its 2018 Americas Proxy Voting Guidelines Updates. The following...more

U.S. Congress Introduces Legislation to Change Foreign Direct Investment Review

by Jones Day on

Congress recently introduced two pieces of legislation that could significantly change foreign direct investment review in the United States. The Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act of 2017 ("FIRRMA") seeks to...more

House Bill and Senate Republicans' Bill: Impact on Hedge and Commodity Fund Investors and Managers

by Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP on

The "official" House tax reform bill was released by the House Ways and Means Committee on November 9. For the most part, the provisions summarized in Katten's advisory, "Tax Reform: Hedge Funds/Commodity Funds/Fund...more

The Impact of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on Executive Compensation

by Bracewell LLP on

On November 9, 2017, the House Ways and Means Committee approved the House’s version of the tax reform bill (the “House Bill”) and voted to report it to the House floor for a full House vote. On the same day, the Senate...more

The Impact on Financing Transactions if the House’s “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” Passes

On November 2, 2017, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) introduced a tax bill entitled the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (“H.R. 1”), and later proposed amendments to the bill on November 3, November 6, and...more

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